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Despite $503 million extension, Patrick Mahomes ranks behind Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers in Forbes’ highest paid NFL players

Ashish Priyadarshi
|Sat Aug 13 2022


Forbes released their list of the highest paid NFL players, and there were some unsurprising big names at the top like Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers.

The NFL has several high profile players earning serious money. Some of it is through their salaries, and some of it comes from external sources. Most, if not all, players have put their money into various external sources to make sure they capitalize on their earnings.

NFL salaries are increasing year after year with the latest big name setting the market in their position. Deshaun Watson made history this offseason when he signed the league’s first fully guaranteed contract, a five-year deal worth $230 million.

Patrick Mahomes has the largest contract in NFL history in terms of total value as he signed a 10-year deal worth $503 million in 2020 coming off his Super Bowl victory.

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Patrick Mahomes ranks behind Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers

Unfortunately, Mahomes’ $503 million wasn’t enough to pull him ahead of some big names in 2022. In Forbes’ list, he ranks fourth overall in terms of the highest paid NFL players.

Aaron Rodgers is the highest paid player in the NFL in terms of average salary with around $50 million a year. He signed a four-year contract worth $200 million this year. Seeing him in the top three makes sense.

However, itt seems surprising that Brady is first overall given how he’s always taken pay cuts to help his team out, including this year. However, off the field, Brady makes sure to put his money to good use.

He earns the most money through marketing and licensing deals with $9.5 million a year coming his way while Patrick Mahomes is second at $3.3 million.

The GOAT stays winning, even when it seems like he isn’t making the most money in the league.

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